The easiest way to reach Tartu is by bus.
You can get to Tartu straight from the airport. A bus to Tartu runs every 30 minutes from 6:35 AM to 11:05 PM. You may see the timetable and purchase tickets here. (lines: Tallinn Lennujaam-Tartu Bussijaam or Tartu Näitused).
From the Tallinn Bus Station, buses go from Tallinn to Tartu approximately every 30 minutes, they depart from the Bus Station and most of the buses stop at the Airport, located quite close to the Bus Station, before leaving Tallinn completely.
The buses go from 5: 40 AM until 11 PM, usually from platform 9. You can look for the timetable here. It will take about 2,5 hours to reach Tartu. Buses are comfortable and most offer free WiFi service.
How to get to the Bus Station in Tallinn
You can get to the Bus Station by taxi or public transportation – bus no.2 stops not too far from the bus terminal (the “Autobussijaam” stop) and then goes to the airport. It takes a little more time to get to the bus terminal from Tallinn sea port: either by taxi, tram no.2 (towards Ülemiste) or bus No.2 will take you to Tallinn Bus Station (the “Autobussijaam” stop) from the port.
Trains from Tallinn to Tartu leave 8 times a day and it takes between 2-3 hours to get to Tartu, depending on the train. The train station is situated just outside the Tallinn Old Town and sea port, a taxi or tram No.2 (from the sea port) can take you there (“Balti jaam” stop). Trains are modern and comfortable and some have a restaurant and free WiFi access. See the schedule here.
Tartu Airport is located in Ülenurme, about 9 km from Tartu. It is possible to reach the airport using the road from Tartu to Valga or to Võru. In both directions there are road signs showing how to reach the airport.
There is a shuttle bus taking passengers from the airport to anywhere in Tartu. Ticket price is fixed to 5 EUR – to be paid to the driver with either cash or credit card. The airport’s bus stop is located in front of the terminal.
See the current flight schedule here.
It will take approximately two hours to drive to Tartu from Tallinn airport.